Advantex wins six-figure contract to supply internet services at an 800-year old castle

North East technology specialist Advantex has won a six-figure contract to provide digital connectivity and internet services at an 800-year-old castle in North West England that caters for corporate events.

Medieval fortress Rose Castle in Dalston near Carlisle – the home of the Bishops of Carlisle from 1230 until the 21st century – has completed a five-year, multi-million-pound renovation project to upgrade facilities across the building.

It’s a move by new owners Rose Castle Company to open up the building for corporate and leisure events with a strategic focus on best-in-class broadband services and capabilities to deliver a world-class digitally connected location.

A new Cisco Meraki optimised network infrastructure together with new superfast enterprise-grade connectivity and high-speed cabling are part of a package of measures that have been introduced by Gateshead-based Advantex.

A crucial achievement by the firm has been to guarantee 1GB of superfast connectivity across the 16,500 sq. ft. of the Castle as well as at various locations across the extensive grounds and gardens, to accommodate corporate events, product launches and company offsites.

The project has seen the Gateshead firm work to install superfast broadband around the Grade-I listed building, which is home to many historic books, furniture and portraits and a luxurious state drawing-room covered in rare 18th-century hand-painted Chinese wallpaper.

Old-fashioned analogue telephones in guest bedrooms have also been digitally combined with Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) telecoms to provide a modern, flexible staff and guest communications system and secure and reliable video telecom services.

John Snyder, Director of the Rose Castle Company, which owns the estate, said a first-class technology spine is a crucial part of his strategy to have the best network services to ensure a location fit for 21st-century corporate requirements.

He said: “Advantex approached our project with both altruism and passion, and a basket full of fresh ideas to deliver a corporate quality IT solution. They shaped a cost-effective tech solution around our ambitions and vision for the castle and in particular, they have been sensitive to the conservation needs of the castle, delivering cost-effective services and products to meet our immediate 1GB bandwidth designs, but also factoring in future wireless requirements across our 60-acre site.”

Advantex, which currently employs 50 people at its Follingsby Park head office, is currently eyeing additional growth and expansion, targeting a £6.5 million turnover in the next 12 months as the economy continues to recover and demand for products and services remain strong.

Stephen O’Connell, Sales and Marketing Director, said attention has been paid to marrying the demands of an old building with advanced technology to reflect the history and ambience of Rose Castle.

He said: “This is both a very prestigious and challenging project for us; showcasing our skills and expertise in delivering and commissioning challenging and complex installations for heritage-type projects. We continue to be at the forefront of delivering advanced and high-performance services as part of integrated turnkey solutions to leading organisations not only in the North West but across the UK.”